Britton Hayes was taking part in a Grand Ruaha Safari in Tanzania to Serengeti National Park with fellow-travellers when a cheetah jumped on the bonnet of their Land Rover SUV.
A tour group traveling on an African safari got more up-close to nature than expected if a cheetah decided to jump in their car and take a look around.
Britton Hayes was taking part in a Grand Ruaha Safari in Tanzania to Serengeti National Park with fellow-travellers when a cheetah jumped on the bonnet of their Land Rover SUV and a other cheetah jumped in the car on the back seat, according to Komo News.
ICYMI: watch: Seattle man survives encounter with a cheetah during an African Safari https://t.co/UoBOLSRQIv
(Video with thanks to: Peter Heistein) pic.twitter.com/vU32wWlmw9
— KOMO News (@komonews) March 29, 2018
“We started to notice that the cheetah was curious of the vehicle; but it was too late to drive away or something like that because you want to not scare the animals, because that is when things usually go wrong,” Hayes told the publication, adding that, although the performance was anything but usual, the passengers were happy for the opportunity.
In shared images of the incident, the curious cheetah can be seen grabbing at the passenger of the car and have a look before you’re comfortable in the vehicle on the back seat.
When a cheetah interrupts your safari (not look back) ? pic.twitter.com/T9cOUdpCl6
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) March 29, 2018
The cheetah spent 10 minutes roaming around in the car, before deciding to go back in search of food, according to the BBC, and make for an adrenaline-pumped experience.
The Seattle local thanked the guide for help to calm him down during the incident, mentioning that the guide told him to avoid making eye contact or any sudden movements to establish a sense of trust, while the animal was in the car.
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“I felt like I had to clear my mind of all thoughts, because of everything you told about predators, they can the feeling of fear and any form of discomfort that you feel and they react to it,” Hayes told Komo News.
Although the experience was one of the scariest moments in his life, it was also inspiring.
“I was scared to death, but I have never felt more alive,” Hayes told the publication of the meeting.